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SPEAK OUT: Feds Backing Food Stamp Parties

The move is suggested to drum up interest in the program for low-income people, particularly the elderly. Share your thoughts.

Tupperware, Botox ... now, it seems food stamp parties are in. And the United States government likes it.

According to a post on foxnews.com, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging the nation's food stamp program to promote to the elderly using parties and games.

Do you think food stamp parties are a good idea? Tell us in the comments below.

A series of guides currently posted on the USDA website promotes local offices of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- or SNAP, but commonly referred to as food stamps -- to entice eligible seniors to enroll in the welfare program. The promotional campaign has cost between $2.5 million and $3 million. 

“Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle,” the pamphlet encourages in one of the guides. “Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a ‘true/false’ quiz is fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.”

And there likely is a substantial market for such gatherings. The latest available data shows that about 8 percent of Gwinnett County's population is on food stamps. The program once actually distributed stamps, but now doles out the benefits via check cards.

Spending on SNAP has increased 100 percent since President Obama took office, and now one in seven Americans uses food stamps, according to the posting.

"Every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in an additional community spending," the USDA states without elaborating.

So we ask: Do you know someone in Gwinnett on food stamps, elderly or otherwise? Tell us in the comments below.

Sylvia Reid July 08, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Surely you have to be joking. Most Senior Citizens who live alone barely qualify for food stamps. In this day and age if you are not pregnant with children in or out of wedlock you receive hardly any assistance from the current food stamp program. Have a party, I ask you with what? You can't buy food with nothing to purchase it with.
david July 12, 2012 at 08:29 PM
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them" -Thomas Jefferson
Ross Crawford July 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM
The Food Stamp party is just another attempt by Democrats to buy votes. They are so afraid the lack of a real recovery in the economy will hurt them in the upcoming elections. So they are employing marketing techniques hoping to win entire blocks of voters. Take Mr. Obama jumping in recently to stop the deportation of the illegal hispanic teen. Now why was she ever singled out in the first place? If ICE wanted to deport some illegal immigrants, they just need to show up at the QT at Northcrest Road and I-85 in Doraville on any given morning. The place is swarming. This teen was hand picked to deport, just so he could come riding in on his white horse to rescue her, and to change our entire immigration policy as if he were a dictator. He totally bypassed congress in doing so. His sudden "coming out" on the Gay marriage issue was to shore up votes in the Gay community. He has also sent legions of Federal workers into poor communities to educate them on the various refundable tax credits available to them, especially those that pay them for having kids. They are the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. If you aren't familar with either of them, it would behove you to read up on them. Most credits just reduce your taxable income. But these two tax credits act just like withholding. They give you a refund even if you paid no income taxes. Another vote buying policy. Kind of like a drug dealer. Get them dependent on what you offer and you own them forever.

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